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  • Brandon Lowe 2B | TB

    Rays' Brandon Lowe: Back at full strength

    Lowe (knee) has fully recovered and doesn't expect to be limited in his winter workouts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Lowe was placed on the 10-day injured list at the end of the 2023 campaign after suffering a fractured right patella, but the injury won't alter his offseason program much. The Maryland product should report to spring training with a clean bill of health.

  • Ronny Mauricio 2B | NYM

    Mets' Ronny Mauricio: Team not expected to add 3B help

    Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns indicated Monday that he expects the team's starting third baseman to come out of the group of Mauricio, Brett Baty and Mark Vientos, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Stearns also noted that he's not viewing any of the trio of players as a front-runner for the gig and it's possible no winner will be declared by Opening Day. The Mets have said Jeff McNeil will be confined mostly to second base, which would indicate that if Mauricio receives everyday at-bats then it would likely come at the hot corner. It's certainly a position battle to keep a close eye on during spring training.

  • Jeff McNeil 2B | NYM

    Mets' Jeff McNeil: Expected to see bulk of time at 2B

    The Mets plan for McNeil to see the bulk of his playing time at second base in 2024, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

    McNeil started 57 games in the outfield in 2023, but it sounds like that number probably won't be nearly as high in 2024. He missed the final weekend of the season after being diagnosed with a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, but Nimmo is healthy now and having a normal offseason, per Abbey Mastracco of the New York Daily News. McNeil was going to be playing every day regardless, but the fact that it will come at second base could impact the playing time of Brett Baty and/or Ronny Mauricio.

  • Mark Mathias 2B | SF

    Reds' Mark Mathias: Latches on with Cincinnati

    Mathias (shoulder) signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Nov. 29.

    Mathias, 29, sports a career .246/.317/.391 batting line over parts of three major-league seasons for four different teams. His 2023 campaign ended in mid-August due to a shoulder injury and it's not clear what his current health status is.

  • Luis Garcia 2B | WAS

    Nationals' Luis Garcia: Not guaranteed second base job

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday that Garcia is not guaranteed the second base job going into next season, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.

    Garcia battled through a disappointing 2023 campaign, slashing just .266/.304/.385 while spending some time back in the minors. The 23-year-old remains talented and would seem to be the odds-on favorite to man second base on Opening Day for the Nationals, but the gig won't be handed to him. Jake Alu, Ildemaro Vargas and Jeter Downs represent potential alternatives to Garcia at the keystone.

  • Luis Urias 2B | BOS

    Mariners' Luis Urias: In line for third base job

    Urias is currently projected as the Mariners' starting third baseman following their trade of Eugenio Suarez, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Seattle acquired Urias from Boston last week and he's now at the top of the team's depth chart at third base, although it's possible the Mariners bring someone else in at the position this offseason. Urias had a dreadful 2023, posting just a .636 OPS with three homers in 52 games while spending a chunk of the year in the minors. He looked like a solid regular a couple years ago, though, and is just 26 years of age.

  • Luis Guillorme 2B | NYM

    Luis Guillorme: Moves into free agency

    Guillorme was non-tendered by the Mets on Friday.

    Guillorme battled injuries in 2023 and slashed just .224/.288/.327 across 120 plate appearances when healthy. The 29-year-old utility infielder is now officially a free agent.

  • Luis Urias 2B | BOS

    Mariners' Luis Urias: Traded to Seattle

    The Mariners acquired Urias from the Red Sox on Friday in exchange for Isaiah Campbell, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Urias was likely going to be non-tendered by the Red Sox ahead of Friday's deadline had this trade not come together. He posted a disappointing .194/.337/.299 batting line over 177 plate appearances this past year between Milwaukee and Boston, but the former top prospect is only 26 years old and could be a platoon option at second base for the Mariners in 2024.

  • Vidal Brujan 2B | TB

    Marlins' Vidal Brujan: Traded to Marlins

    The Rays traded Brujan to the Marlins alongside Calvin Faucher (biceps) on Friday in exchange for Erick Lara, Andrew Lindsey and a player to be named later or cash.

    Brujan struggled during his multiple stints in the majors last season, but he put up a solid .272/.362/.477 slash line across 276 plate appearances in Triple-A. The 25-year-old will give the Marlins an organizational depth piece capable of fielding nearly every position.

  • Brewers' Yonny Hernandez: Receives NRI from Milwaukee

    Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Friday, Robert Murray of reports.

    The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Hernandez will compete for a utility infielder job. The 25-year-old has shown very little with the bat during his time in the majors to this point, slashing just .190/.286/.222 over 221 plate appearances.

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